photo from Variety
Meryl Streep spoke at a Human Rights Campaign last Saturday night and, in a sense, continued her public dialogue with President, which she began (without naming him) at the Golden Globe Awards. She speaks eloquently for diversity, inclusiveness, and equal rights for all.
For the HRC, she gave a resounding defense of LGBTQ freedoms, saying that Trump's election emperils those rights, along with women's rights.
"We’re not going to go back to the bad old days of ignorance and oppression and hiding who we are. If you think people got mad when they thought the government was coming after their guns, wait until they come and try to take away our happiness,” Streep said. The crowd rose in a standing ovation lasting two full minutes.
"We owe it to the people who have died for our rights, and who have died before they even got their own.”
Then Streep, who was receiving the HRC Ally for Equality Award, also found a positive note: “If we live through this precarious moment, if [Trump’s] catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank our current leader for. He will have woken us up to how fragile freedom is.”
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Happy Valentine's Day to you, Meryl.